Absolutely, it is important to consider human rights issues, but those “only” affect people. Water has a dramatic impact on everything on this planet, both living and otherwise. It is the elixir of life for everything from mice to manatees. It affects our climate too, as well as just about every agricultural practice we do.
From a human perspective, it’s incredible to think that almost a billion people around the world don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water. This is something that we very much take for granted in developed countries, since we see it as a basic human right. In our industrialized urban environments, water consumption is an issue that can easily be overlooked. Even if we cast aside the issue of using disposable bottled water for just a moment, we use a lot more water than we think we do.
You know that cup of coffee you had this morning? Well, it took 140 litres (about 37 gallons) of water to make that single cup of coffee. It takes 3000 litres of water to produce one kilogram of rice and 16,000 litres of water to make one kilogram of beef. Even something as simple as a regular old orange takes 50 litres of water.
Am I saying that you should give up the java and the sirloin? No, not at all. However, it helps to be mindful and aware of the environmental impact that your daily life and your daily decisions have on the planet. A few simple adjustments to your daily habits, like using a reusable coffee mug, can make a difference. Many small acts add up to one big impact.
For more information about Blog Action Day and what you can do, you can direct your browser to the page on Change.org. There’s a petition, a fundraising effort, and all kinds of interesting information.